Malan Breton, originates from Taipei, Taiwan. In 2017 he was the first fashion designer to be a part of the cryptocurrency phenomenon, opening the first block chain based online retail shop in fashion.
Malan Breton is the recipient of the 2016 FGI “rising star” award in menswear, the 2015 European fashion council’s “Eirene” award, the 2015, and 2016 Taiwan tourism award for contributions in fashion, and media. In 2011 Malan Breton and NBC universal were a nominee for the WGSN global fashion award for outstanding collaboration. Malan Breton, is also the recipient of the 2015 Nyiff award for best documentary short, as director of the biographical fashion film “Malan Breton - a journey to Taiwan”, it was later considered for the academy award.
Malan Breton is officially ambassador of tourism to Taiwan and has designed the official government workwear and stationary.
Malan’s SS19 collection, ‘Show Girl’, was inspired by the Ziegfeld follies and tales of his grandmother’s days as a showgirl and opera singer. The Ziegfeld Follies was a series of elaborate theatrical revue productions on Broadway from 1907 – 1931.
Photography by Stefan Jakubowski
The 60-look-strong show saw the vestibule full of eager guests. The stunning collection boasted his iconic tailoring with a yellow gold foil-like suit, adorned with lemon coloured feathers opening the show. The models wore red lipstick and dark eyeliner, with their hair slicked back.
Sequins were a huge trend within the collection with sequin jackets, dresses and a particularly beautiful silver sequin mermaid gown. Tartan and leopard print were also trends to be noted in the collection, with a metallic leopard print trench coat and suit and a yellow and red tartan dress.
Malan’s menswear collection had clear seventies influence with his tailoring and prints in shades of blue and pink metallic.
Malan’s Taiwanese origin stood as the collection’s foundation stitching East to West with powerful embossed brocade.
Words by Zoe Bennetts